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Old 05-02-2003, 03:38 PM
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Toaster Oven as a rod warmer?

We have an old toaster oven in our rec room, and don't use it much. My beloved wife says I can use it as a rod warmer if I like. Would it work?
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I'd like to know if anyone has tried this too. My first thought was that it won't get the glass hot enough, because most toaster ovens max out at about 450-500 at most. I use the kiln to prewarm glass, but it gets in the way, so I don't do it except for the shockiest glass.
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It should work just to prewarm rods. I use mine set at 425 degrees after flame annealing beads, even large beads, and can take them out and directly back into the flame.
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Old 05-02-2003, 05:05 PM
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Oops !!! Sorry about that .... I'm not thinking of a toaster oven but more of an electric dutch oven.
Also, if You have a hot plate and a cast iron pan, You can fill the pan with vermiculite and put it on the hot plate and set on "High". This works well.
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I use an old toaster oven to preheat glass for my marbles (been using for 1 and 1/2 year)...and it works great....it gets hot enough that red starts turning black and yellow starts turning red.....

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I use a verrrry old hot plate that has no settings, you just plug it in. I keep my ceramic blanket and rods on it, and NEVER have a problem - not even with goldstone or alabastro!!!


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I use a scrap sheet of brass over a hot plate on the High setting, which gets to about 450. Two bricks wrapped in aluminum foil serve as a rod rest, and galvanized steel wave keeps the rods separate. The idea was published in Frantz's "Bead Babble" many years ago. Works perfectly. I rarely have thermal shock. It's also very handy for warming up murrini chips.

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p.s. Hot plate was $5 at a second hand store!

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Wow - now I am seriously thinking of getting one of them there new-fangled hotplates so that I can really crank it!!!


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LOL! I just let the ends blow off mine. I do try to get the tip nice and thin but I'm not one for patience.

Tracey~ who should use a hot plate or something because her shoes are embedded with tiny glass fragments.
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Welp, I tried it last night. Worked like a dream! Problem was keeping the door shut with the rods in there. Think I'll have to drill some holes in the door or something.
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Josie ...... I've found that if you use a small oxidizing flame when introducing the rods far out into the flame and waving them madly up and down thru it until you see a small yellow glow begin around them ..... they don't crack when introduced to the flame. After the yellow glow begins around them (a few seconds or less) then they can be held in the torch flame and moved slowly closer to the torch head. At that point, one can turn the propane higher and work more quickly.
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Careful with the hot plate. Anything that provides heat (toasters, irons, hair dryers) takes a fair amount of power. Hooking up a hot plate blew the circuit in my "studio" -- and the kiln wasn't even on that circuit!
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Yes all....please check the electrical circuit that the hot plate is plugged into to make sure it can handle the load without overheating and blowing a breaker or fuse......

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I use the top of my Jen-Ken to warm my rods...works like a charm...
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Re: Toaster Oven as a rod warmer?

I am having an under cabinet toaster oven and i don't know if it can be used as a rod warmer. If anyone did so let me know.

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